- Over 460 leaders have been forced out of their Lutyens bungalows in the Narendra Modi government’s first year, including the sons of two former Prime Ministers.
- 429 former ministers and MPs were sent notices to vacate, only 44 complied.
- A small group of 37 were reluctant,they included the sons of former Prime Ministers Chandra Shekhar and Charan Singh.
- Lalu Prasad who did not budge for years, was booted out this February.
- The RJD chief had been allotted a Type VIII bungalow,and had been living there after he became railway minister in the UPA regime.
- But,the former Bihar chief minister didn’t leave even after losing his ministerial berth in UPA-II and disqualification as MP in September 2013 following his conviction in a fodder scam case.
BJP and Congress
- The UPA MP’s contrasted Venkaiah Naidu’s aggressive stance,with the Congress-led government that had allowed several leaders to stay on.
- The Congress had a long tradition of not implementing the rules so strongly.
- Lok Sabha House Committee chairperson, the BJP’s Arjun Meghwal, said the government was only following a Supreme Court order.
Stay for Soni, Selja
- Delhi High Court today stayed orders served last week on Congress Rajya Sabha MPs Kumari Selja and Ambika Soni, asking them to vacate their bungalows by June 10 and move to smaller quarters. The court asked the Centre to specify whether their Type VIII bungalows had been allotted from the Rajya Sabha pool.